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Even Andy LaRoche and Blake DeWitt wonders where the bats have gone. AP Photo/Duane Burleson

The Dodgers are quite the lucky team. The Lakers’ attention in the media have deflected most of the focus away from how putrid the Dodgers are.

6-1, 3-0, 2-1, 5-4, 3-1, 4-1, 9-0, 5-0. These are all the scores of the Dodgers’ losses at the hands of the Mets, Rockies, Cubs, Padres and Tigers. Not exactly a murderers row in the schedule and all the Dodgers could muster was a whimper.

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It’s not like the Dodgers have bad hitters. Russell Martin, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier are solid young players that hit in the meat of the order. Blake DeWitt has been an unexpected gem and has seized control of the third base job like none before him since Adrian Beltre. Andy LaRoche has now come up and in his second at-bat this season against the Padres hit a solo homer in the spacious Petco Park. Taking away LaRoche who has all of five at-bats, the other guys are hitting over .280.

Granted they have some really atrocious hitters, namely Chin-Lung Hu and Andruw Jones, but shouldn’t the other guys compensate for them?